27.2 kWhUseable Battery
105 miReal Range
Price from £29,570
|Available from||October 2017|
Lease (BCH) from £350 pcm
Real Range between 75 - 160 mi
|City - Cold Weather||105 mi|
|Highway - Cold Weather||75 mi|
|Combined - Cold Weather||90 mi|
|City - Mild Weather||160 mi|
|Highway - Mild Weather||95 mi|
|Combined - Mild Weather||120 mi|
|Acceleration 0 - 62 mph||7.3 sec|
|Top Speed||93 mph|
|Electric Range||105 mi|
|Total Power||125 kW (168 hp)|
|Total Torque||184 lb-ft|
Battery and Charging
|Battery Capacity||33.2 kWh|
|Port Location||Right Side - Rear|
|Charge Port||Type 2|
|Charge Power †||11 kW AC|
|Charge Time (0->105 mi) †||3 hours|
|Charge Speed †||36 mph|
|Battery Useable||27.2 kWh|
|FC Port Location||Right Side - Rear|
|Fastcharge Power||50 kW DC|
|Fastcharge Time (11->84 mi)||25 min|
|Fastcharge Speed||170 mph|
EVDB Real Range
|Vehicle Consumption||255 Wh/mi|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/mi|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent||156 mpg|
|Rated Consumption||210 Wh/mi|
|Vehicle Consumption||145 Wh/mi|
|CO2 Emissions||0 g/mi|
|Rated Fuel Equivalent||192 mpg|
|Vehicle Fuel Equivalent||277 mpg|
Vehicle = calculated battery energy consumption used by the vehicle for propulsion and on-board systems.
NOTE: The fuel equivalency figures are shown in IMPERIAL MPG. Figures in US MPG will differ significantly.
Real Energy Consumption between 170 - 360 Wh/mi
|City - Cold Weather||255 Wh/mi|
|Highway - Cold Weather||360 Wh/mi|
|Combined - Cold Weather||300 Wh/mi|
|City - Mild Weather||170 Wh/mi|
|Highway - Mild Weather||285 Wh/mi|
|Combined - Mild Weather||225 Wh/mi|
Dimensions and Weight
|Weight Empty||1320 kg|
|Cargo Volume||260 L|
|Cargo Volume Max||1100 L|
Company Car Tax Indication
|BIK Tax Rate||13%|
|P11D Value from||£34,015|
|Benefit in Kind (BIK)||£4,422|
|BIK @ 20%||£74 pcm|
|BIK @ 40%||£147 pcm|
|BIK @ 45%||£166 pcm|
Similar electric vehicles
Home and Destination Charging (0 -> 100%)
Charging is possible by using a regular wall plug or a charging station. Public charging is always done through a charging station. How fast the EV can charge depends on the charging station (EVSE) used and the maximum charging capacity of the EV. The table below shows all possible options for charging the BMW i3. Each option shows how fast the battery can be charged from empty to full.
|Type 2 (Mennekes - IEC 62196)|
|Charging Point||Car Uses||Power||Time||Rate|
|Wall Plug (2.3 kW)||230V / 1x10A||2.3 kW||14 hours||8 mph|
|1-phase 16A (3.7 kW)||230V / 1x16A||3.7 kW||8h45m||12 mph|
|1-phase 32A (7.4 kW)||230V / 1x32A||7.4 kW||4h30m||24 mph|
|3-phase 16A (11 kW)||230V / 3x16A||11 kW||3 hours||36 mph|
|3-phase 32A (22 kW)||230V / 3x16A||11 kW †||3 hours||36 mph|
† = Limited by on-board charger, vehicle cannot charge faster.
Rapid Charging (10 -> 80%)
Fastcharging is only possible at public charging points. Fastchargers enable longer journeys by adding as much range as possible in the shortest amount of time. As fastcharges will only charge a battery up to 80% of its capacity at full speed, the optimal fastcharge is between 10% and 80% SoC. The fastcharge rate of an EV depends on the charger used and the maximum charging power the EV can handle. The table below shows all details for fastcharging the BMW i3.
|Combined Charging System (CCS Combo 2)|
|Charging Point||Car Uses||Time||Rate|
|CCS (50 kW DC)||50 kW||25 min||170 mph|
|CCS (100 kW DC)||50 kW †||25 min||170 mph|
|CCS (150 kW DC)||50 kW †||25 min||170 mph|
† = Limited by fastcharge capabilities of vehicle
All about the BMW i3
The BMW i3 has a Recommend Retail Price (RRP) of £33,340 and an On The Road Price (OTR) of £34,070. The OTR Price includes VAT, first year of VED, vehicle first registration fee, number plates and delivery. The BMW i3 is eligible for the Plug-In Car Grant (PICG) of £4,500. The grant will be applied to the final invoice price of the car. The OTR Price including the PICG for the BMW i3 is £29,570.
Drivetrain and Performance
The BMW i3 is a full electric vehicle (BEV). The maximum power of the BMW i3 is 125 kW (168 hp). The maximum torque is 184 lb-ft. The BMW i3 is rear wheel drive and can accelerate from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 7.3 seconds. The top speed is 93 mph.
Battery and Charging
The battery of the BMW i3 has a total capacity of 33.2 kWh. The usable capacity is 27.2 kWh. A range of about 105 miles is achievable on a fully charged battery. The actual range will however depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style.
For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in a range of around 75 mi. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the range to around 160 mi.
Charging is done using a Type 2 connector and the on-board charger has a maximum power of 11 kW. This charges a fully depleted battery back to full in around 3 hours. However, a 3-phase grid connection is needed to achieve this. The majority of homes and charge points currently do not have this connection. In most cases the maximum charging power will be 7.4 kW, allowing for a charge time of 4 hours 30 minutes and a charge rate of 24 mph. Charging the car using a regular wall plug will take around 14 hours.
Rapid charging is possible through a CCS connection. The maximum rapid charge power is 50 kW, which charges the battery from 10% to 80% in around 25 minutes. A rapid charge like this will add about 70 miles of range.
The combined (motorway and city) energy consumption of the BMW i3 is about 255 Wh per mile. By comparison, this energy consumption is the equivalent of a fuel consumption of 156 mpg in a traditional petrol car.
The actual energy consumption will depend on several factors including climate, terrain, use of climate control systems and driving style. For example: sustaining high speeds in cold weather could result in an energy use of around 360 Wh per mile. However, driving at low speeds in mild weather will increase the efficiency to about 170 Wh per mile.
The BMW i3 emits no CO2 during driving. This only includes direct emissions from the vehicle itself. The energy needed to charge the battery might have been (partly) generated by the use of fossil fuels. Vehicles with an internal combustion engine will always emit CO2 during driving. Additionally, CO2 is emitted during the production and transport of fossil fuels.
More information from BMW
The link below will open the page of the i3 on the official BMW site.
The model shown on this page is the successor of the BMW i3 94 Ah, which was available from July 2016 until August 2017. The previous model was £1000 less expensive, had similar range, same acceleration and was similar in energy consumption.